Loving His People
Loving His People
God’s Word uses over ninety different word-pictures to describe the Church, yet one of them seems to dominate throughout scripture—the body of Christ. In 1 Corinthians 12 Paul uses this image to describe the Church as a unit made up of many parts that must work together as one, with Christ being the head, or the authority and the source of life. Our natural bodies have many individual parts with individual purposes, but they must all work together for the body to function.The church “body” is the same. Each one has unique gifts (1 Corinthians 12, Romans 12, Ephesians 4), but God has made it so that we need each other in order to function according to His design. The scriptures make it clear that one of these functions is to serve and care for each other. “And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones because he is my disciple, I tell you the truth, he will certainly not lose his reward." Matthew 10:42 (NIV) “Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary. So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.” Galatians 6:9-10 Jesus, after washing His disciples’ feet said, “I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. I tell you the truth, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.” John 13: 15-17 (NIV)
In following Jesus’ example above, we become “people of the towel,” people looking for ways to serve God’s people. This can be expressed in a variety of ways: physically doing something for some one else, opening up your home, bearing another’s burdens (Gal. 6: 2 ), interceding in prayer, sharing the Word or just having a listening ear. The action itself doesn’t matter as much as the willingness to put yourself in the place to be able to be used by God in the area in which He has already gifted you.
At WVBC, we believe that becoming “people of the towel” is best done in two different ways (though it is not limited to these): small group ministry and Sunday morning service. Small Group Ministry is the heartbeat of WVBC. It is in small groups that you can best learn how to care for and share with one another. God’s Word emphasizes the importance of small group fellowship. “Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” Hebrews 10:25 (NIV) “And every day, in the temple and from house to house, they kept right on teaching and preaching Jesus as the Christ.” Acts 5:42
The purpose of small groups is, in a word, discipleship. In his book Discipleship Essentials, Greg Ogden says, “Being a Christian is easy. The only thing required is that we acknowledge our need of a savior and to receive a gift that I cannot earn nor deserve. But if I identify myself as a disciple, then I am making a statement about the quality of my followership. Being a Christian is a statement about what Christ has done for me; being a disciple is a statement about what I am doing for Christ.” He later explains that through discipleship, believers explore spiritual basics that they must “practice as spiritual disciplines, comprehend as core biblical and theological truth, become in terms of character and lifestyle, and do to engage the church and the world.”